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dc.contributor.authorBarker, Daniel
dc.contributor.authorAlderson, Rosanna Grace
dc.contributor.authorMcDonagh, James L.
dc.contributor.authorPlaisier, Heleen
dc.contributor.authorComrie, Muriel Margaret
dc.contributor.authorDuncan, Leigh
dc.contributor.authorMuirhead, Gavin T.P.
dc.contributor.authorSweeney, Stuart D.
dc.identifier.citationBarker , D , Alderson , R G , McDonagh , J L , Plaisier , H , Comrie , M M , Duncan , L , Muirhead , G T P & Sweeney , S D 2015 , ' University-level practical activities in bioinformatics benefit voluntary groups of pupils in the last 2 years of school ' , International Journal of STEM Education , vol. 2 , 17 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 223321164
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dc.identifier.otherScopus: 84959501857
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dc.descriptionThis work was supported in part by the Science and Technology Facilities Council under grant ST/M000435/1 to Daniel Barker.en
dc.description.abstractBackground Bioinformatics—the use of computers in biology—is of major and increasing importance to biological sciences and medicine. We conducted a preliminary investigation of the value of bringing practical, university-level bioinformatics education to the school level. We conducted voluntary activities for pupils at two schools in Scotland (years S5 and S6; pupils aged 15–17). We used material originally developed for an optional final-year undergraduate module and now incorporated into 4273π, a resource for teaching and learning bioinformatics on the low-cost Raspberry Pi computer. Results Pupils’ feedback forms suggested our activities were beneficial. During the course of the activity, they provide strong evidence of increase in the following: pupils’ perception of the value of computers within biology; their knowledge of the Linux operating system and the Raspberry Pi; their willingness to use computers rather than phones or tablets; their ability to program a computer and their ability to analyse DNA sequences with a computer. We found no strong evidence of negative effects. Conclusions Our preliminary study supports the feasibility of bringing university-level, practical bioinformatics activities to school pupils.
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dc.rights© 2015 Barker et al. Open AccessThis article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.en
dc.subjectComputational biologyen
dc.subjectSecondary schoolen
dc.subjectRaspberry Pien
dc.subjectOpen access teaching materialen
dc.subjectCase studyen
dc.subjectQH301 Biologyen
dc.titleUniversity-level practical activities in bioinformatics benefit voluntary groups of pupils in the last 2 years of schoolen
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Biologyen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Chemistryen
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